Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway TD is demanding an explanation for an underspend of almost €20 million by the Department of Rural and Community Development last year.
Speaking in the Dáil, Deputy Eamon O’ Cuiv asked Minister Michael Ring to account for 19 million euro handed back to central Government by his department.
He expressed disbelief at the bad mismanagement of public money and claimed Minister Ring had frequently been warned of an a impending significant underspend.
Deputy O’ Cuiv says rural Ireland is being cheated out of funding.
Speaking in response, Minister Ring suggested one reason is local authorities failing to meet end of year project deadlines to claim reimbursement from central Government.
He also offered that Deputy O’ Cuiv is no stranger to underspending during his previous terms as Minister.
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Galway TD demands no more “patronising comments” from Health Minister over National Maternity Hospital
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway TD has asked the Health Minister to take action on the National Maternity Hospital rather than making patronising comments or offering promises.
Deputy Catherine Connolly was contributing to a Dáil debate on the ownership and operation of the hospital, which has been a long-running matter of controversy.
Particpating in the discussion, Health Minister Stephen Donnelly acknowledged the issues raised, particularly given the history of women’s health in this country.
However, he said he would only bring a governance recommendation to Goverment if he had clear, unambiguous and watertight confirmation of the full operational independence of the hospital.
Deputy Connolly wasn’t won over by this assurance – and said it falls short of what is needed.
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County Council drawing up plans to enhance Connemara bridges
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway County Council is in the process of drawing up a design plan for remedial and safety work on bridges which serve the districts of Lettermore and Lettermullen in Connemara.
At a meeting of the municipal district, Connemara County Councillors were told that the bridges are basically sound and that the remedial works are being scheduled for later this year.
They are the longest bridges in Connemara. DroicheadAnachMheáin, DroicheadCharraiganLogáin and DroichedChuigéil.
They link CeantarnanOileán – that is LeitirMóir and LeitirMealláin – to the mainland.
For some time past surface cracks and fissures in the structures have caused concern locally and CoisteBóithreChonamara have highlighted the issue.
Senior Council Engineer, Damian Mitchell, told Connemara Councillors that a report from Sandberg Consulting Engineers in London had shown that the bridges were basically sound.
However, certain elements of concern emerged about some locations and remedial works are to be carried out.
It was not clear from the meeting if traffic lights might be part of the plan or if weight limits might be considered.
Councillors are to meet members of the roads committee on the 5th of July but the Connemara Councillors Chairman, Séamus Walsh said the design plan would ultimately be a matter for the engineers and for the elected Councillors.